Asean morning news for February 5

Asean morning news for February 5

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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu


Six coronavirus-hit ASEAN countries, Myanmar excluded
Six ASEAN countries have been on the list of the countries hit by novel coronavirus infection issued by World Health Organization, but Myanmar is still excluded.
— Eleven

New economy, civic engagement vital for people-centred Asean
Countries and societies in Southeast Asia are searching for development models that are more inclusive, sustainable and resilient given the fact that the existing development model is not sustainable, evidenced by the widening socio-economic inequality, environmental degradation and the prevalence of social injustice in some societies in the region.
— Khmer Times

India to host EAS conference in Chennai
India is set to host an East Asia Summit conference this week in Chennai with a focus on maritime security cooperation and tackling challenges in the maritime domain.
— Outlook

US freedom of navigation patrols in South China Sea hit record high in 2019
US Navy patrols near disputed features claimed by Beijing in the South China Sea hit a record high last year, newly released figures show, as the Trump administration ramped up its efforts to challenge China’s territorial claims in the contested waterway.
— South China Morning Post

SE Asia restrains on virus measures
Southeast Asian countries have taken a more restrained and reasonable approach toward the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in China, in stark contrast to some Western countries that might have been motivated by ideological bias.
— Global Times

ASEAN: Perceptions of power and security
The State of Southeast Asia: 2020 Survey Report, produced by the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute of Singapore, has confirmed the power rivalry between China and United States is one of the primary concerns of Southeast Asian states.
— The Interpreter

SK Group gearing up to invest $500 million in Southeast Asia
SK Group is gearing up to boost its investment in Southeast Asia through its arm SK Southeast Asia Investment, which will be the conglomerate’s third venture into the burgeoning market, according to the group, Tuesday.
— Korea Times

Coronavirus: here are the airlines and places restricting travel to China
The outbreak of the Wuhan coronavirus has prompted dozens of economies and airlines to restrict travel to China, increasingly isolating the world’s second-largest economy.
— South China Morning Post

The Business of Sustainability: Why Adopting Circular Economy Practices Can Lead to Growth
At a recent meeting on climate and sustainable development, Maria Fernanda Espinosa, president of the United Nations’ General Assembly, stated this startling fact: “We are the last generation that can prevent irreparable damage to our planet.”
— The Business Times

AirAsia CEO steps aside for 2 months amid bribery allegations
Allegations that European aircraft maker Airbus Group paid tens of millions of dollars in kickbacks to AirAsia’s top executives have rattled Southeast Asia’s largest discount airline.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

NICE Launches ASEAN User Group, Accelerating Knowledge Sharing
NICE (Nasdaq: NICE) today announced the launch of its ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) User Group, with more than 120 members representing 70 organizations registered.
— Business Wire (media release)

Coronavirus outbreak forces Asean League to postpone basketball matches
The Asean Basketball League (ABL) has rescheduled 15 of its matches due to the coronavirus outbreak.
— New Straits Times

The future of agriculture
Over the past weeks, our newspapers and social media feeds have been dominated with devastating images of Australia’s bushlands burning to the ground.
— The Asean Post

Reducing demand for pangolins nips trade in the bud – ASEAN biodiversity expert
The ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) commended the rescue of pangolins and other threatened species in Palawan and South Cotabato in the Philippines, citing the role of communities in combatting wildlife trafficking.
— Philippine Information Agency

PM requests regional, national collaboration against coronavirus
Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc on Tuesday discussed regional collaboration to fight coronavirus with his Indonesia counterpart Joko Widodo over the phone and asked Vietnamese ministries to minimise the impact of the virus on the economy.
— Viet Nam News

Architecture, design event to bring ‘brightest minds’ around Southeast Asia to Manila
FOR the fifth time, Manila is all set to host again the Anthology Arch. and Design Festival, themed “Think Architecture,” happening from February 7 to 9, timely to the historic massive developments now taking place in the country and across the region.
— Business Mirror

Ride-Hailing, Car-Sharing And More: Do Southeast Asian Mobility Startups Have The Right Moves?
Mobility technology is a vast emerging industry. It includes many different kinds of technologies and business models, targeted to different market needs.
— Forbes

Southeast Asia’s ride-hailing firm buys robo-adviser
Singapore-based Grab Holdings has acquired B2B robo-advisory firm Bento for an undisclosed sum.
— International Adviser

Philippines underscores commitment to ASEAN-ROK film cooperation
Film agencies from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Republic of Korea (ROK) have been coming together over the past few years to foster better ties within the region.

Cambodia morning newsCambodia morning news

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PM says China can’t arrange his visit to students in Wuhan city
Prime Minister Hun Sen is committed to visit Cambodian students in the locked-down city of Wuhan, China today despite the World Health Organization’s international public health emergency declaration over the spread of the Novel Coronavirus but the Chinese government has rejected his request for permission to do so.
— Khmer Times   

Foreign Power Threat Looms Over Kem Sokha Trial in Cambodia
The hearings have again spotlighted the ruling government’s obsession with threats from foreign powers and color revolutions.
— The Diplomat  

Chinese military officials made secret visit to Cambodia weeks before mysterious drone crashed
A high-level delegation of Chinese military mapping experts visited a Cambodian naval base in December, three weeks before a huge Chinese surveillance drone crashed in the adjoining province, according to a leaked document obtained by the ABC.
— ABC News

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‘It will start at midnight’: Indonesia insists on travel ban despite China’s protest
Indonesia has insisted on imposing a travel ban to and from China as an effort to prevent a deadly coronavirus from spreading into the country, even after a Chinese envoy expressed his disagreement over the plan.
— The Jakarta Post

Inflation to jump to 3 percent in 2020 amid administered price hikes: Economists
Indonesia will see its inflation rate jump to more than 3 percent this year due to hikes in government-regulated prices, economists have said.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s Thirst for Biodiesel May Undercut Global Palm Oil Supply
The Indonesian Palm Oil Association, or Gapki, said on Monday that Indonesia is likely to use up 8.3 million tons of palm oil to meet domestic demand for biodiesel this year, raising concerns there won’t be enough palm oil left to export.
— Jakarta Globe

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Virus outbreak yet to impact Lao exporters
Lao exports to China continue to flow as normal despite China being in the midst of the current coronavirus outbreak.
— The Phnom Penh Post

No coronavirus in Laos, tests done at ministry lab confirm
Eleven of the people tested were Lao and examination of their blood samples gave negative results.
— ANN/Vientiane Times  

Lao exports to China continue to flow as normal: report
Lao exports to China continue to flow as normal despite the novel coronavirus outbreak in China, Lao news daily the Vientiane Times reported Tuesday.
— Xinhua

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Malaysia morning newsMalaysia morning news

Compiled by Sreypov Men         @MenSreypov


Malaysia confirms first citizen case of novel coronavirus; man was in Singapore for meeting attended by Chinese delegates
Malaysia on Tuesday (Feb 4) confirmed the country’s first citizen case of the novel coronavirus, bringing the total number of infected patients in the country to 10.
— Channel NewsAsia

AirAsia says was never approached by SFO over Airbus scandal
AirAsia claimed today that it was never reached out to by the UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO) during the four-year investigation regarding the Airbus scandal for any explanation or clarification.
— The Sun Daily

Malaysia posts trade surplus for 22nd straight year
Malaysia recorded a trade surplus for 2019, marking the 22nd consecutive year of trade surplus for Malaysia since 1998, despite a 2.5% decline in total trade to RM1.8 trillion, compared with RM1.9 trillion in 2018.
— The Sun Daily

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Myanmar morning newsMyanmar morning news

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Govt doubles down on internet shutdown in western Myanmar
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s government has ordered telecoms companies to reimpose an internet shutdown in parts of conflict-torn western Myanmar despite criticism by the UN, businesses and civil society.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar aims to export 2.5 million tonnes of rice this fiscal year
Myanmar has set a target of exporting 2.5 million tonnes of rice in present fiscal year 2019-2020 which started in October.
— VietnamPlus

Four more suspected patients with possible coronavirus symptoms found in Myanmar: MOHS
Health authorities found four more suspected patients with possible coronavirus symptoms in Minbya, Kengtong, Yangon and Nay Pyi Taw, announced the Ministry of Health and Sports (MOHS) on February 2.
— Eleven Myanmar

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Philippines morning newsPhilippines morning news

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Duterte okays P2.25 billion for workers’ masks, gear
President Rodrigo Duterte has approved in principle the P2.25-billion budget for the purchase of personal protective equipment for 5,000 health care workers so they will not be infected by the novel coronavirus (nCoV), Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said Tuesday.

Filipinos in nCoV-hit Hubei wishing to go home have until 05 February to contact PHL consulate –DFA
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) urged Filipinos in Wuhan City and the rest of Hubei Province who wish to come home to contact the Philippine Consulate General in Shanghai for arrangements. They have until Wednesday, 05 February 2020.
— Business Mirror

Duterte ready to seize private buildings to quarantine nCoV patients
The government may expropriate private facilities and convert them to quarantine centers or hospitals if the Philippines is hit by a novel coronavirus outbreak, President Rodrigo Duterte said.
— The Philippine Star

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Singapore morning newsSingapore morning news

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What we know about the 6 new cases of novel coronavirus in Singapore
Six patients in Singapore, including four with no recent travel history to China, have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the Ministry of Health (MOH) announced on Tuesday (Feb 4).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

4 locally transmitted cases among new coronavirus patients in Singapore
Singapore confirmed on Tuesday (Feb 4) its first locally transmitted cases of the novel coronavirus, among six new cases of the disease detected in the country.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore imposes new regulation on export of contaminated plastic and those difficult to recycle
On Monday (3 February), the Hazardous Waste (Control of Export, Import and Transit) Amendment Bill was passed in Parliament.
— The Online Citizen

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Thailand morning newsThailand morning news

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Virologist says measures must be implemented for one year to address coronavirus
The emergence of the new coronavirus was reported in December last year, with the first cases turning up at a seafood market in the city of Wuhan, China.

Thailand identifies six more novel Coronavirus cases, bringing total in country to 25
The Ministry of Health on Tuesday stated to the press that six more cases of coronavirus infection were confirmed in Thailand, bringing the total to 25 confirmed cases since the beginning of the outbreak.
— The Pattaya News

Bangkok halts construction of electric rail and highrises for 3 days
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration today ordered a 3 day suspension of the construction of seven electric train lines, highrise buildings and roads throughout Bangkok, in order to reduce PM2.5 pollution.
— The Thaiger

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Vietnam morning newsVietnam morning news

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Vietnam to quarantine 950 people returning from China at military camps
Vietnam has assigned the military to quarantine 950 Vietnamese returning from China, where the coronavirus epidemic has killed more than 420 people, state media reported on Tuesday.
— Reuters

NGOs Urge European Parliament to Postpone Consent to EU-Vietnam Trade Deals
We are writing ahead of the February 11th plenary vote on the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) and Investment Protection Agreement (IPA) to urge you to vote for postponing Parliament’s consent to the deals until the Vietnamese government agrees to meet concrete and verifiable benchmarks to protect labour rights and human rights.
— Human rights Watch

Worker returning from Wuhan confirmed Vietnam’s 9th nCoV patient
The health ministry said on Tuesday a 30-year-old worker in the northern Vinh Phuc Province returning from China’s Wuhan City tested positive with the deadly new coronavirus.
— VnExpress

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